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Belo Horizonte - 2014 World Cup Host City

How the City is modernizing its infrastructure in preparation for the world's most important soccer match
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Written by Rogério Bertho, Communicaitons Officer for the City of Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte is one of the first planned cities in Brazil and in its 113 years of existence it accumulated cosmopolitan ingredients that make it unique and incomparable. Along with its small town ways, the contemporary world stands in perfect harmony and diversity. Although the capital of Minas Gerais State is the third largest population hub in Brazil – over five million inhabitants – its hospitality makes one feel at home. A modern home stands out in the generation of business and projects with an outstanding infrastructure

Known as “the Garden City” with over 3.5 square meters of green area per inhabitant, Belo Horizonte is a leader in many fields as genetics, ophthalmology, engineering, information technology.  The City is the center of the main hub of mining in Brazil, and one of the main Brazilian centers for the sale of gemstones. The jewelry created and produced here is exported to the European, American and Asian markets.


With many museums focusing on the City’s history and on major Brazilian artists, Belo Horizonte also offers one of the most important museums of contemporary art in the world. Located in Brumadinho, 60 km from the City, is the Instituto Inhotim, the original museum complex and a great deal of exuberant nature, covering 25 thousand square meters, with an extraordinary collection of contemporary art and an extensive botanical collection.

With great spaces for events, BH – as it is called by its citizens – offers almost 18,000 beds in a wide variety of hotels. For the upcoming big events, such as 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup, these numbers will duplicate. New elegant and comfortable hotels are being built in town, supported by the laws designed by the City Hall to encourage investments in this area.

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Urban Mobility

One of the goals of the Mayor of Belo Horizonte Marcio Lacerda is to develop the urban mobility. The City Hall is investing over US$600 million and the State Government US$ 180 million in eight important works to improve the public transport. “In 2013, the quality of life of Belo Horizonte residents will be even better and we will also be ready for the Confederations Cup,” says Marcio Lacerda.

For Flavia Rohlfs, coordinator of the Municipal Executive Committee of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, these works and the renovation and expansion of the Tancredo Neves International Airport, known as Confins Airport, will modernize Belo Horizonte even more. “With the certainty of works up to date with chronograms, our capital will be ready to receive supporters and tourists during the FIFA World Cup and long after that,” celebrates Rohlfs.

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